8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly + bus:  11​h
1
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
2
Cambria
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Carmel
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Detroit

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cruise along Artists Dr, contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Death Valley National Park road trip planning website .

Detroit to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Detroit in December, things will get a bit warmer in Death Valley National Park: highs are around 56°F and lows about 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Cambria.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point

2
nights
Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedras Blancas, and then get great views at Ragged Point. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Monarch Butterfly Grove.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cambria road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Cambria takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in December, you will find days in Cambria are somewhat warmer (63°F), and nights are about the same (33°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

San Simeon, Monarch Butterfly Grove, Ragged Point
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Monarch Butterfly Grove ©
Monarch Butterfly Grove

3
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. On the 2nd (Thu), kick back and relax at Point Lobos, enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, then kick back and relax at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and finally view the masterpieces at Coast Gallery Big Sur. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then take a leisurely stroll along Old Fisherman's Wharf.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Carmel trip itinerary app .

Drive from Cambria to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Cambria in January since evenings lows in Carmel dip to 44°F. On the 4th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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